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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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Address: 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
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The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!

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The location by Fort Zachary park is several blocks off Duval, but worth the walk and navigating the recent construction. It is part of the park system, and this shows in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
West Virginia
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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The fact that the parking limit outside is for a maximum of 90 minutes tells you how long you will spend in this free discovery centre. Considering its size I felt it could have contained more about the wildlife on The Keys, and the 20 minute film which is shown every half hour, spent more time showing a girl swimming,... More 

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West Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The location by Fort Zachary park is several blocks off Duval, but worth the walk and navigating the recent construction. It is part of the park system, and this shows in the high-quality and visual appeal of all of their exhibits. There is a small theatre system that showed an ~ 25 minute video on local ecology and waterlife.

Thank krondor100
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since so many attractions in Key West charge $10+ admission, free is a huge bonus! Not a huge place, but has several displays worth viewing, and interactive displays that are fun for kids and adults alike. I didn't enjoy the movie, as it was a memoir and I was expecting a documentary or informational presentation about the Keys, but since... More 

Thank Ashley E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place to explore and learn a lot about the Florida Ecosystems. Great place with airconditioning to cool off if walking outside.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting place to visit and its near Ft Zachary so we visited it on the way back, excellent exhibits and information.

Thank Faye W
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small but interesting museum. they show you a short movie about the ecology of the area and there is also a 3D movie that you can see. This place is clean and modern and best of all it is free. Even the parking is free. It is next door to the fort.

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a big place but what is here is quite interesting. A good place for families and kids as admission is free and it won't overwhelm. Dioramas show the ecology of the keys, there is a fun 3-D movie of underwater things and a 20 minute movie-in a very comfortable theater-on the keys ecology. Lots of information in... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little out of the way but the volunteers were very friendly. There aren't many displays but the big diorama of the keys with lights for different natural features was super educational for me and the kids. This is a quiet, cool and relaxed place where we enjoyed the 3-d showing and movie about the keys in their comfortable theater.... More 

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Osceola, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very nice center that gives a good feel for the aquatic life in the area. This is a nice place to take kids.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 622 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We discovered this place while on a trolley tour during a cruise port visit. We decided to check it out, and were glad we did. There are some nice videos to watch, including a cool 3D video. There are interactive exhibits, nice aquariums, and even a gift shop. There is also free Wi-Fi.

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